The proposed 2022 Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) rate increase 2.3% for the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Space Force. Based on the proposed increase enlisted members would receive $399.25 per month (an increase of $12.75) and officers would receive $274.96 per month (an increase of $8.78).
Final BAS rate increases are subject to change based on the passage of the 2022 Defense Budget and negotiations between Congress and the White House.
The 2022 BAS rate is effective January 1, 2022.
About Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
Once a service member finishes their initial training, they become eligible for the Basic Allowance For Subsistence or BAS. This is offered to help soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines offset the cost of grocery and food-related expenses.
BAS does not directly compensate service providers–all meals (including those provided at government expense) must be paid for by the BAS recipient, who is compensated in their military pay. BAS is intended to supplement the military member’s food budget, but it is not designed to fully offset such costs. However, some military assignments may include additional consideration in this area due to high costs. In such cases BAS may be complemented by a Cost of Living Allowance.
BAS is intended for the service member; it is not meant to offset the cost of meals for military family members. Once upon a time you had to qualify for BAS. In today’s United States Military all enlisted service members are paid BAS.
BAS Versus BAS II
Enlisted BAS II is a modified BAS rate for those who have made a Permanent Change of Station Move to serve an unaccompanied tour and who are assigned to single / unaccompanied quarters. BAS II is paid when these troops do not have “adequate food storage or preparation facilities” and lack the availability of a military dining facility or its equivalent. The BAS II rate is established at double the enlisted BAS rate.
Basic Allowance for Subsistence is non-taxable income. Meal deduction amounts can be found on your Leave and Earning Statement (LES) with other deductions and expenditures.
The Department of Agriculture is responsible for evaluating current food costs and updating BAS rates to the appropriate amount in a given zip code based on such costs. That is a similar methodology to how the Basic Allowance For Housing is set. The major difference between the two? Dependents cannot draw BAS; the payment amount is established no matter how many dependents the service member has.
Servicemembers cannot be paid BAS under certain conditions including, but not limited to:
- While in Basic Military Training
- While in Officer training unless the applicant has “continuous prior enlisted service”
- When in an excess leave status
- When AWOL for more than 24 hours unless excused “as unavoidable”
- While taking an educational leave of absence not exceeding two years
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BAS II is the monthly rate payable to enlisted members at a permanent station and assigned to single (unaccompanied) Government quarters, without adequate food storage or preparation facilities, and where a Government mess is unavailable, and the Government cannot otherwise provide meals. The BAS II rate is twice the rate of standard enlisted BAS and must be authorized by the Secretary of the Military Department concerned.